name·​able | \ ˈnā-mə-bəl How to pronounce nameable (audio) \
variants: or less commonly namable

Definition of nameable

1 : worthy of being named : memorable
2 : capable of being named : identifiable

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Examples of nameable in a Sentence

not one nameable accomplishment in all of her years in the senate
Recent Examples on the Web Raphael’s portrait of Baldassare Castiglione exists at one specific point on the planet, and nowhere else, having begun in one nameable place and followed a track through time, owner by owner and wall to wall. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "In Love with the Louvre," 19 Oct. 2020 What helps people survive is specific hope for a nameable and better future. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "The New Theatrics of Remote Therapy," 25 May 2020 Klein seems to suggest, accurately, that the core alliance of the modern G.O.P.—economic élites and poor whites—is the strategic creation of nameable individuals. Stephen Metcalf, The New Yorker, "Ezra Klein’s “Why We’re Polarized” and the Drawbacks of Explainer Journalism," 11 Mar. 2020 Thirteen nanometers is far, far, far beneath nameable perception. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, "The Unbearable Softness of Engineered Fabrics," 21 Jan. 2020 With every interesting flavor, there usually turn out to be three specific, nameable elements that create the mystery, and all the rest of that. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "A Vintner’s Quest to Create a Truly American Wine," 14 May 2018 Until last year, Sterling K. Brown and Brian Tyree Henry had carved out parallel careers as recognizable but not particularly nameable actors. Jeremy Egner, New York Times, "How Sterling K. Brown and Brian Tyree Henry Finally Got Seats at the Emmy Table," 25 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of nameable

1780, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Nameable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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